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Papers of the American Slave Trade provides scholars with access to primary source material on the business aspect of the trade in human beings. The collection documents the international slave trade in Britain_s New World colonies and the United States from 1718 to the trade_s demise after 1808. This material from the renowned Southern Historical Collection documents the life __of the slave trader Rice Carter Ballard from 1822 to his death in 1860. Probably born around 1800 in Virginia, he began in the slave trade in partnership with the infamous Issac Franklin and the large firm of Franklin and Armfield in the1820s and 1830s. By the 1840s Ballard was co- owner, with Samuel S. Boyd, of several cotton plantations (Magnolia, Wagram, Karnac, Outpost, Pecan Grove, and Elcho) located in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi; married with three children; and living in Louisville, Kentucky. Ballard's correspondence is by far the largest category of material within this collection, comprising more than 3,000 letters, most of them addressed to him. In addition, there are financial materials, legal materials, and a great deal more.

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